Dr. Charles Drew (1904-1950)
Notable Achievements: “Father” of the blood bank; in 1938, Drew received a Rockefeller Fellowship to study at Columbia University; first African American to earn a doctorate degree from Columbia, first African American examiner for the American Board of Surgery; In 1944, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honored Drew with its 1943 Spingarn Medal for “the highest and noblest achievement” by an African-American “during the preceding year or years.”
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